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    I was on Reddit today reading about the 'Proposed redefinition of SI base units' which despite being a bit of a boring title, is quite an interesting proposal. Essentially, defining measurements by constants instead of other shit.

    There was bunch of stuff that I didn't quite follow, mainly slightly intimidating looking expressions, for example:

    Quote Originally Posted by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposed_redefinition_of_SI_base_units#Kilogram
    Current definition: The kilogram is the unit of mass; it is equal to the mass of the international prototype of the kilogram.

    Proposed definition: The kilogram, symbol kg, is the SI unit of mass. It is defined by taking the fixed numerical value of the Planck constant h to be 6.6260701510−34 when expressed in the unit J⋅s, which is equal to kg⋅m2⋅s−1, where the metre and the second are defined in terms of c and ΔνCs.
    But someone did a great little ELI5 that I wanted to share:

    Quote Originally Posted by https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/9392oc/til_that_the_international_system_of_units_is/e3bo5h0/
    The metric/SI system is over 200 years old, and back when it was made a lot of the major units looked like fundamental, independent things. For example, the kilogram, which is a measure of mass (how much stuff is in something), was defined as the precise mass of an metal bar in Paris. (Though not just any metal bar - a specific bar called the prototype kilogram.) The other units were based on similar real-world measurements.

    There turned out to be two problems with this. (Thats a lie. There are a lot of problems with this way of doing things. But Im simplifying.) One was that iron bars and such turned out to be not very accurate - they had to put the prototype kilogram in a climate-controlled chamber to stop it from gaining/losing mass to the environment. The meter was originally defined as 1/10000000 of the distance from the equator to the North Pole - but then it turned out that they had the shape and size of the earth just a bit wrong, and by then they had already ordered the meter sticks, and so they just made a prototype meter (which they also had to put in a box and replace once or twice). The second was supposed to be 1/86400 of a day (60 seconds / minute * 60 minutes / hour * 24 hours / day), but days are (a) hard to measure super-precisely and (b) not always the same length. The kilogram also used to be the mass of one liter (which was itself 1/1000 of a cubic meter) of water at 0 celsius - but even the purest water turns out to have a lot of non-water stuff in it, and also there were problems getting water at 0C to not turn into ice, and they just replaced it with the prototype kilogram. And since all the other SI units are defined in terms of the big 7, having any uncertainty in any of the 7 can be bad for precision in all fields of science.

    The second problem is that if we ever made contact with space aliens, they wouldnt have the same prototype kilogram / meter, and it would be a big headache to translate.

    Fortunately, the solution showed up around the same time as the problems did. Science has a way of doing that. The current definition of a second is the time it takes for a specific kind of atom (caesium-133) to vibrate (move from one of two very similar states to the other and back) exactly 9,192,631,770 times. As far as we can tell, every caesium-133 atom in the universe vibrates at exactly the same frequency, always has, and always will. The speed of light in a vacuum is another universal constant - so they redefined the meter as the distance light travels in 1/299792458 of a second.

    This means that if we meet any aliens advanced enough to travel across space, well be able to translate units of time and distance - and the fact that we know how to do so might be a kind of qualification, a sign that the bald monkeys know what theyre doing. It also means that a hunk of metal in France isnt a matter of global security.

    The last holdout on this front is the kilogram, which is still defined by a cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy stored (along with six backup / decoy copies) in an underground vault in Paris, presumably guarded by 400 robot ninjas, the cryogenically-frozen cast of Asterix, and the hungry ghosts of Napoleon, Robespierre, and Charles de Gaulle.

    If the proposed revision goes through, the kilogram will be redefined in terms of universal constants. The aliens will be impressed with our competence, scientific measurements will be more stable, and Robespierre will have to go back to his day job trolling leftist Facebook groups (at least until they call him back when the catacombs inevitably unleash an army of skeletons on the surface world).
    And on the new kg

    Quote Originally Posted by https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/9392oc/til_that_the_international_system_of_units_is/e3c1ltn/
    The proposed definition works off the Planck Constant, which is another universal constant - its the ratio between the energy and the frequency of a photon. Its in units of Js (joule-seconds), which doesnt really come up anywhere else or Id give you a more accessible image. The joule is derived from the kilogram, meter, and second (1 J = 1 kg * 1 m2 / 1 s2). The proposed revision is to define the kilogram as the mass that makes the Planck Constant equal to a specific number (6.62607015 * 10-34) in Js exactly.
    It's essentially a change that will have little to no daily impact or importance to the vast majority of people, but it's certainly interesting to think about. Measurements that are supposedly fixed actually being variable, but eventually constant.
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    Would recommend Veritasium's videos on the subject!



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    Interesting Humble bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/s...n=tile_index_4

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    Dear English grammar police:

    In a piece of code I wrote:
    The angularEditLayout did not contained this macro, while the angularDetailLayout did had it.
    A coworker said this was incorrect use of the "Voltooid verleden tijd" Past Perfect, and he is right. I intended to write: "did not contain" and "did have"

    But the use of "did", is that just Past Simple and me wrongly conjugating verbs?
    Or is there some corner case which I can use to talk me out?

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